Last weekend was the Fall Workshop for Poly. It was held in Songdo – the same place as the spring conference. I was at school by 8:30am to take the hour-long bus ride to Songdo. We always arrive at the conference an hour or so early. We took the usual campus picture in front of the convention center. The group from Seongbuk was much smaller this time around. If you are veteran teacher who has worked at Poly for 3 years, then you are allowed to skip one conference per year. That exception rule applied to more than half of our staff members. I guess that’s a good thing because it shows that a lot of our teachers have stuck around for awhile.
After taking the campus picture, a group of us decided to walk across the street to grab some coffee before attending our first workshop. The first workshop started at 11am and lasted for about an hour. It was a seminar on teaching pronunciation to ESL learners. It was… scientific. Next up was my favorite part of the workshop… the LUNCH BUFFET! The food was spectacular. My favorite was the roasted beef. During lunch, they had a video presentation to announce the winners of the “Best Teacher” award. Somehow, my name ended up in the presentation. I mean, out of all the fantastic teachers they could’ve chosen from my campus…. why me? I’ve only been back for a few months haha.
It’s pretty cool, I guess. The award came with a shiny crystal statue and a 100,000won gift certificate to Shinsegae.
After lunch, we were shipped off to 4 workshops. The best one of the day was called “Interactive Classes.” It was full of practice advice on how to turn a simple workbook page into a game/interactive activity. The other workshops were whatevers… nothing new and nothing interesting.
The bus ride back to Seongbuk only took about an hour. I was very impressed when the bus driver predicted that we would be back in Seongbuk by 7:10pm. He was right! I took a mini break before heading out to Sungshin in search of dinner/exercise.
Overall, another workshop down. This was my 4th workshop with the company. I always dread them, but I also always walk away with something from them. This time, it was a packet full of games and a spiffy award. YAY!